In two of his three full seasons guiding the Boston Bruins as their bench boss, Bruce Cassidy has been recognized as one of the best in the NHL.
Cassidy was named a Jack Adams Award finalist for the second time in his three-plus season stint as the head coach for the Boston Bruins as he was honored along with Columbus head coach John Tortorella and Flyers head coach Alain Vigneault by the NHL on Wednesday afternoon.
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After guiding the Bruins to a trip to the Stanley Cup Final last spring, Cassidy led the Bruins to the Presidents’ Trophy this year as the B's were the only hockey club to hit the 100-point mark when the regular season went on pause in mid-March. Cassidy has been open-minded in his approach to coaching the Bruins, has worked exceedingly well with the veteran core and the younger players and isn’t afraid to innovate with creative solutions based on the ever-changing circumstances surrounding the team.
The Bruins finished the regular season with a 44-14-12 record for 100 points in 70 games, six more than the next-highest team (St. Louis Blues, 94 points in 71 games). It is the third-straight 100-point season for the club under Cassidy’s tenure, and the Bruins led the NHL in goals against average while finishing Top 5 in goals per game, power play percentage and penalty kill effectiveness in a stunning display of all-around strength from this B’s team.
In his three full seasons as head coach of the Black and Gold from 2017-20, Cassidy has the team ranked in the Top 10 in nearly every major statistical category in an impressive show of consistency: 143 wins (2nd), 319 points (2nd), 3.21 goals per game (6th), 2.52 goals allowed per game (1st), 24.9 power play percentage (2nd), 82.6 penalty kill percentage (T-3rd) and 50.8 faceoff win percentage (T-9th).
The Jack Adams Award is given annually to the coach who has contributed the most to his team’s success as voted on by the National Hockey League Broadcasters Association.
Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while Halloween is just around the corner. That means the whole world getting to enjoy my buddy Kyle Draper dressed up as Al Horford on the big day.
-- Pro Hockey Talk has the details on former BU standout Clayton Keller as one of the few real standouts for the Arizona Coyotes at this early point in the season. Keller looks like he’s going to be one of the lead dogs in the Calder Trophy conversation if he can remain healthy.
-- Coach Guy Boucher is pleased with the battle level from the Ottawa Senators right now.
-- The play of young defenseman Darnell Nurse has been one of the few real bright spots for the Edmonton Oilers amid a really cruddy start.
-- New York Rangers coach Alain Vigneault appears to be on the hot seat as they continue to underachieve early in the season.
-- The Vadim Shipachyov situation continues to feel like everybody needs a fresh start out in Vegas, and has put an unnecessary piece of negative spin on a great franchise start for the Vegas Golden Knights.
-- Here are three trades from this summer that are looking like busts after the first month of the season, including the Blackhawks trading away Niklas Hjalmarsson to the Arizona Coyotes for the oft-scratched Connor Murphy.
-- For something completely different: Boy, you just hope at this point that Webster isn’t wrapped up in this whole thing.
Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while May Day is officially upon us.
*Larry Brooks takes issue with some of coach Alain Vigneault’s usage patterns and whether that will continue to haunt the Rangers against the Senators.
*If Phil Kessel can do one thing, it’s delivering in the Stanley Cup playoffs for whichever team he’s playing for. Phil the Thrill continues to be in a perfect position for the Pittsburgh Penguins, and is performing that way.
*Down Goes Brown goes over last weekend, including Jean-Gabriel Pageau scoring a whopping four goals to give the Senators a win in Game 2.
*Clearly the Montreal Canadiens still miss their PK as a bar in Montreal has been temporarily named Chez Subban during this spring’s playoff run.
*PHT writer Cam Tucker has the Edmonton Oilers fans singing the words to both anthems when a microphone cut out at the beginning of Game 3. Good hockey fans and excellent people up in Edmonton, so this is no surprise at all.
*The Detroit Red Wings are digging deep in both the forward and defensemen position while looking ahead to this summer’s draft.
*Jakob Silfverberg continues to excel in the postseason for the Anaheim Ducks, and has proven to be a very valuable player in Anaheim since arriving from Ottawa.
*For something completely different: A marriage proposal at Fenway Park went horribly wrong on Sunday. Ouch.